Mike James hits game-winner and saves Monaco from late UNICS comeback / News

AS Monaco (13-13) beat UNICS Kazan (13-12) 79-76 (22-19, 22-17, 17-19, 18-21) in dramatic fashion, as Mike James hit the game-winning three-pointer for the hosts, with seven seconds left.

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With the EuroLeague Round 20 contest at Gaston Medecin tied at 76, Mike James carried the ball all over the pitch, went into the corner and unleashed one of his three-pointers, off the dribble and imbalance. Marco Spissu, guarding him after the switch, couldn’t keep up with the American guard as he moved quickly to the side and executed with precision.

It turned out to be the winning match for Monaco as UNICS Kazan were unable to respond in the remaining time.

It was a fitting end to a game which the Russian side managed to turn into a fierce battle over the final seven minutes. Before that, Monaco largely dominated, leading up to 15 points (70-55).

James finished the game with 25 points (4/9 two-point shooting, 3/11 three-point shooting, 8/8 free throws), 7 assists, 2 steals, and 25 PIRs. Donatas Motiejunas and Alpha Diallo added 11 each for the winners, who played without forward Dwayne Bacon.

Monaco returned to winning ways after a narrow home defeat to Zalgiris before the break, while UNICS suffered their fifth defeat in the last six games. The Principality team won both matches against the Russian side this season (88-80, 79-76).

UNICS Kazan had OJ Mayo on a great shooting night, as the former NBAer knocked down 5 of his 6 three-point attempts, including the one that tied the game before James took charge.

Mario Hezonja had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, but 4 turnovers. John Brown contributed 16 points, 8 rebounds, but Lorenzo Brown and Isaiah Canaan had a terrible day at work.

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Brown recorded 6 points from 1/9 from the field, plus 7 turnovers, while Canaan went scoreless in 12 minutes.

Mike James gave Monaco 6 of their first 10 points in the game, while Donatas Motiejunas, Will Thomas rebounded and scored to give the hosts an 8-point lead (16-8).

On the other side, John Brown was a non-factor on both sides, and UNICS had to rely too heavily on his outside fire. Mario Hezonja scored 10 points in the first quarter, more than half his team’s total.

UNICS continued to struggle defensively, as Monaco found a solid assist in Donta Hall, who was approaching double-double mode (8 points, 7 rebounds) in the first half. Mike James took and made the three-point shot that put the hosts back at eight (44-36) after UNICS closed in.

“We had 10 turnovers in the first half, that’s key. We need to keep the ball better and find better options in attack. Mike James scored his usual difficult shots, but we’re solid in defence,” he said. commented UNICS coach Velimir Perasovic. the break.

Tonye Jekiri received his third foul less than four minutes into the third quarter, further limiting Perasovic’s options. Alpha Diallo and Mike James led Monaco by double digits (53-40), while Lorenzo Brown suffocated offensively.

The good news for UNICS came when John Brown started winning low post battles and making long-range shots. A quick 0-6 reduced the deficit to six (52-58), but Monaco took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Monegasques’ lead reached new heights (70-55) with seven minutes remaining, but the guests were not yet ready to give up. A partial score of 12-2 allowed UNICS to make it a five-point game (72-67), as Monaco mostly shot under pressure.

OJ Mayo hit his fourth dagger (4/5) in the game to bring last year’s EuroCup finalists even closer (72-70), forcing Obradovic to request a time out. Donta Hall scored in traffic, but John Brown immediately responded by scoring and drawing a foul (74-73).

In a crucial game, Mario Hezonja committed an offensive foul on Diallo then Will Thomas took care of business on the other side of Monaco, scoring his first basket in the second half (76-73).

OJ Mayo, who had Perasovic streaming for not shooting earlier and opting to switch to Hezonja instead, hit a corner three to level the game at 76 with 24 seconds left on the game clock.

It was then that Mike James took over, giving Monaco their 13th victory this season.

AS Monaco: Mike James 25 (4/9 2PT TIR, 3/11 3PT TIR, 8/8 FT, 7 AST, 2 ST, 25 PIR), Donatas Motiejunas 11 (5/6 FG, 0/1 FT, 10 REB , 2 ST, 2 AST), Alpha Diallo 11 (4/11 FG, 2/2 FT, 9 REB, 3 ST), Donta Hall 10 (5/7 FG, 7 REB), Will Thomas 7 (6 REB).

UNICS Kazan: Mario Hezonja 20 (4/9 2PT SHOTS, 3/7 3PT SHOTS, 3/4 FT, 8 REB, 5 AST, 2 ST), John Brown 16 (6/10 FG, 4/6 FT, 8 REB , 2 AST, 2 ST), OJ Mayo 15 (5/6 3PT SHOTS, 3 REB), Marco Spissu 10 (3/5 3PT SHOTS, 1/2 FT, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 ST), Lorenzo Brown 6 (1/9 FG, 4/4 FT, 5 AST, 2 ST).

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